Dick McDonald papers, 1977–1996
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Brief Description: This collection details the construction and 1981 collapse of the walkways in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City through the records of Richard (Dick) McDonald, an investigator of the accident. Included are preliminary designs and calculations, as well as finalized designs and plans for the hotel walkways. A large portion of the collection gives insight into the investigation by the National Bureau of Standards, including photographs, slides, and notes. Another feature of this collection is McDonald's teaching materials at Kansas State University in the subjects of architecture, applied mechanics, and design from 1969 to 1990. This collection includes detailed descriptions of his classes through his portfolios, as well as one folder of three sketches.
Held at:
Morse Department of Special Collections
Email: libsc [at] ksu.edu
Created by: McDonald, Charles Richard (Dick) (1933–1997)
Volume: 5.5 Linear Feet
Acquired: 01/21/2016.
Arrangement: This collection was kept in original order with some photographic slides and oversized papers separated according to standard practice.
Biographical Note for McDonald, Charles Richard (Dick) (1933–1997) :

Charles Richard "Dick" McDonald was born on January 30, 1933, in Fort Scott, Kansas.

He attendend the University of Kansas from 1951 to 1953 until he joined the United States Navy. McDonald served as a pilot from 1953 to 1957, reaching the rank of Lieutenant. He then attended Kansas State University from 1958 to 1960, recieving his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering in 1960. McDonald also recieved his Master of Architecture from Kansas State University in 1979.

He taught at Kansas State University from 1969 to 1990. He was an instructor of applied mechanics from 1969 to 1974, an instructor of architectural engineering and construction science from 1974 to 1975, an instructor of pre-design professions from 1975 to 1980, an assistant professor of pre-design professions from 1980 to 1984, and an associate professor of environmental design from 1985 until his death in 1997.

McDonald was married to Beatrice N. Heffermann in 1958 until her death in 1973. He then married Ann L. Gudgel Johnson in 1974. He had four children: a son, daughter, and two step-daughters.

Dick McDonald died on December 23, 1997.

Access Restrictions: No access restriction: All materials are open for research.
Subject Index
Kansas life and culture
Kansas State University history
Kansas State University history - Faculty and staff papers and contributions
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Physical Access Notes: Original materials available during open hours of repository and digitized materials that are online are always available with Internet access.
Technical Access Notes: Collection contains materials that are not accessible without proper technology.
Acquisition Notes: Bruce McMillan  Donation.
PreferredCitation: [Item title], [item date], Dick McDonald papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.